Tom Burns named OLCC’s director of marijuana programs

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Tom Burns, the individual tasked with the implementation of Oregon’s HB 3460 to license and regulate medical marijuana facilities has been named OLCC’s Director of Marijuana Programs.

“Tom has navigated these waters before on the medical side,” OLCC Executive Director Steven Marks said in a statement. “Tom will lead the implementation of Oregon’s recreational marijuana law with a measured approach that protects children, promotes safety and brings the marijuana industry into the regulated market.”

Recently the OLCC received a $583,000 loan so it can begin the first stages of the process. “One of Burns’ first tasks will be to organize a listening tour for the OLCC Commissioners to gather input on recreational marijuana regulation from citizens around the state.”

Measure 91 was approved by voters last November with approximately 57%. Adults 21 and older can legally own 8 ounces of dried marijuana and four plants, or up to 1 ounce on their person when away from home.

Burns has served as the Director of Pharmacy Programs at the Oregon Health Authority since 2008. He is also a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

Learn more about Measure 91 and marijuana legalization in Oregon at

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